Started by The General, January 11, 2014, 12:11:00 PM
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Quote from: The General on January 19, 2014, 12:55:06 AMGood subjects. I'm realizing that there really will be pretty much endless subject matter. I initially thought of this as a podcast for other luthiers, but I see now that it really won't be going that direction.
Quote from: aldousburbank on January 19, 2014, 08:17:42 AMI think it's pretty non-denominational. My neighbor is a Methodist and he still liked the show.
Quote from: The General on January 19, 2014, 11:47:06 AMExactly.
Quote from: aldousburbank on January 19, 2014, 01:15:33 PMAlthough I am devout in my own beweefs that Gibson saves, and Les Paul is her only true prophet! Strat/Telecaster posers are going to guitar hell where Eric Clapton reigns, except for Hendrix, who shall escape the twangy bonds of Fendergatory, 'cause he's the man and junk.
Quote from: aldousburbank on January 19, 2014, 02:51:18 PMOk, I was just Quick Karling. Fenders are dangerous weapons in the right hands.
Quote from: eeieeyeoh on January 19, 2014, 04:53:59 PMI'm just trying to remember if this was written over 40 years ago."While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Quote from: The General on January 19, 2014, 05:02:57 PMWhich reminds me, though I'm not generally a fan, this might be my favorite Eric Clapton work ever.And it was recorded with a Les Paul. So there ya go.
Quote from: The General on January 19, 2014, 02:39:15 PMAnd, also, because I've really outed myself here by starting a podcast, I suppose it doesn't hurt to post this... one of my most cherished pictures... The day Jimmie Vaughan was in town and needed some emergency work done on his Strat. Jimmie is probably my favorite living guitar player. What a class act, that dude has more feel and tone in his little finger than what's in most guitar players entire bodies. His phrasing and note choice are top notch. I've always much preferred his playing to his brother's. I love Stevie Ray, but I can only listen to so much of it before I feel like I'm getting beat over the head with a guitar. We had a great conversation, it was like we were old friends. He talked me into trying flatwounds again, and I haven't changed back since. [attachimg=1]
Quote from: guildnavigator on January 19, 2014, 06:51:07 PMThat's awesome!I've always wondered if he used a telecaster at all on the first thunderbirds album. He's holding one on the cover but everyone tells me it's a strat on the recordings.
Quote from: guildnavigator on January 19, 2014, 07:21:47 PMHere's another question. How much fretwork is too much? I worked in a guitar factory for about a year, and got to the point where I was doing about one neck every hour. All of the necks had awful flat spots on the fretboards and needed heavy radius correction, which led to me inhaling lots of rosewood. After this of course there would be barely any fret slot left, so I'd end up cutting those deeper and I'd have to crimp frets by hand after cutting them to length otherwise they would pop up. These little steps would add up to sore hands. And then flush filing the fret ends, is so difficult for the first few strokes because it's so bumpy and makes your wrist bones rattle. And if you slip, the freshly clipped fret ends leave the outside of your fingers looking like a half-eaten pastrami. That shit hurts! I have to say it was a really satisfying feeling to start leveling frets and see a perfect uniform line across each fret. But then would come the beveling. And if you'd slip once at this point, it would be time to rip frets out and start over. And then the crowning and crowning and crowning, and ruining my wrist some more, and then dressing wasn't so bad after I figured out what the hell I was supposed to be doing. And polishing, your wrist gets screwed some more. And scraping glue off between frets kills your thumb and index fingers.It did not seem healthy working there or doing that many fret jobs. I knew it was the beginning of the end of my time there when wrist pain started to wake me up at night/some mornings. A friend that stayed there longer is now on medical leave with issues from doing frets. The shitty thing is that everyone there was a musician of some sort, and a good number of them were throwing their hands away. I wouldn't ever imagine that someone doing repair work would need to do this many jobs in a given time period. They didn't have us bussing frets, they were making us do every little extra step. And it didn't seem fair that we were doing work that would normally cost people hundreds and barely getting peanuts for it.Is this normal to you?! And just how poisonous IS rosewood when you sand on it?ThanksPS glue ate holes in all of my shirts that year
Quote from: saucerlike on January 19, 2014, 08:18:01 PMI've been reading various guitar forums for years but you guys have some good insight on things I've not heard before like the injuries associated with guitar work. I've never done much besides setups & soldering; didn't realize it was that involved. I'd hate to lose playing ability like that and inhale carcinogenic dust at the same time. You'd think the company would require better safety measures, but idk...On the Gibson vs. Fender thing, I can't save money or I'd have had a Gibson by now. You just can't cop some Gibson-ish tones with a 25.5" scale (at least with the gear I have), I know that plays a part in the overall characteristic of their sound. My Casino can get close but it needs a pickup change and I'm petrified of doing work on a hollowbody. Any of you have a 12 string electric?
Quote from: analog kid on January 20, 2014, 03:42:15 PMMy crappy playing on a crappy guitar with crappy sound.Epiphone Wildkat with Pod HD500
Quote from: The General on January 20, 2014, 03:53:30 PMAin't nothin crappy about it.Although, I know it would sound better without the pod.I like a 'straight into the amp' sound.
Quote from: b_dubb on January 20, 2014, 05:30:35 PMI like that guitar. I thought the playing was very nice. Some interesting stuff there. Sans crappy if you ask me.
Quote from: analog kid on January 20, 2014, 08:34:59 PMI have a Blackstar HT-20 at the moment, but the chrome pup covers are muddy through it. I could improve the guitar a lot with new pots, caps and wiring, but I have to pull this through the f hole, build a new harness and shove it back in through the f hole. I'd take it to a tech, but there aren't any in my area.Thanks b_dubb. One can get a Wildkat brand new on ebay for $300. It's a lot of quality for the price, but I see a lot of people buy them and get rid of them soon afterwards, because everything stock on them is shit and they're hard to upgrape.